Funeral Arrangements

Steps for the Personal Representative

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It can be overwhelming when a loved one passes away. The following steps are written as a guide for the next of kin or personal representative of the decedent. Although they are ordered, many of these tasks can be undertaken at the same time. For example, the first steps in administrative tasks can be taken the same day as the first steps in funeral arrangements.

Immediate tasks

  1. Lock the decedent’s real estate premises to keep contents secure.
  2. Prepare a team to help you ...
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Your Funeral Wishes – Your Way

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You may already have estate planning documents to ensure that your worldly possessions are passed on in a manner consistent with your values and traditions. But have you thought about planning ahead to spare your loved ones from the painful task of making decisions regarding your funeral arrangements – while they are grieving?

Do you have specific ideas about how you would want your life celebrated?  We encourage our clients to think through all the options. For example, ...

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Coping with an Unexpected Death in Your Home

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Death often comes without warning. Returning home to find that a loved one has passed away unexpectedly can be traumatizing and leave you in a state of shock and disbelief. Your ability to think clearly is compromised as stress levels rise, and stress affects your ability to make quick decisions. Confusion sets in. You panic. What should you do? Who should you call first?

While it may seem unusual, our firm has received calls from distraught and bewildered clients seeking guidance ...

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Estate Planning For Unmarried Couples

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Celebrity Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death shows us the obstacles that unmarried couples face according to Florida law. How do you take care of your loved ones if the law says they have no rights?

Unexpected Death and the Lack of an Estate Plan

If you died and are unmarried, who would plan your funeral? What would happen to your estate?
Take the example of Philip Seymour Hoffman who died suddenly, leaving behind three minor children and his unmarried life partner of fifteen ...

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